Charing Cross Bridge (Monet series)

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Charing Cross Bridge
Monet, Claude - Charing Cross Bridge - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistClaude Monet
Yearc. 1900
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions66 cm × 93 cm (26 in × 36.5 in)
LocationIndianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

Charing Cross Bridge is a series of oil paintings by French artist Claude Monet. Painted in between 1899 and 1904, they depict a misty, impressionistic Charing Cross Bridge in London.

Historical information[edit]

During the years between 1899 and 1905, Monet travelled to London to capture its sights from the fifth-floor balcony of the Savoy Hotel. Monet was captivated by the London fog, a notable atmospheric effect made markedly worse by the heavy pollution of the Industrial Revolution. He painted the Houses of Parliament, Waterloo Bridge and Charing Cross Bridge over and over, as he had earlier done with haystacks and Rouen Cathedral, dashing off paintings to capture fleeting atmospheric effects. He was extremely prolific, beginning nearly 100 paintings in London.[1] Thirty-seven of the canvases were of Charing Cross Bridge, only twelve of which he finished in London; the rest he took back to his Giverny studio for completion.[2]


The Charing Cross Bridge paintings are scattered in collections all around the world. The unfinished canvas held by the Indianapolis Museum of Art was once derided by Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal as second-rate, proof that "even a master can have his off days".[3] Other versions are at the Art Institute of Chicago,[4] the Baltimore Museum of Art,[5] the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,[6] the Harvard Museum of Fine Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario[7] and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum[2] in Madrid.

One version was stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam on October 16, 2012[8] and is believed to have been incinerated by the mother of one of the thieves in her oven.[9]


Some of the paintings in the Charing Cross Bridge series:

Public display[edit]

In 2018, the National Gallery in London exhibited two paintings of the series, together in a single room, for the duration of a temporary exhibition titled Monet & Architecture, devoted to Claude Monet's use of architecture as a means to structure and enliven his art. This was a rare occurrence because no museum owns or exhibits more than one in a permanent collection.[10][11]

The two paintings exhibited were the examples from the following collections:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, Ellen Wardwell; Robinson, Anne (2005). Indianapolis Museum of Art: Highlights of the Collection. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art. ISBN 0936260777.
  2. ^ a b "Claude Monet Charing Cross Bridge 1899". Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  3. ^ "IMA has "second-rate art"?". Eye on Indianapolis. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Charing Cross Bridge, London, 1901". Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Charing Cross Bridge". Baltimore Museum of Art. Archived from the original on 7 January 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Charing Cross Bridge (overcast day), 1900". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge, Fog". Art Gallery of Ontario. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  8. ^ Hasan, Lama (16 Oct 2012). "Daring Art Heist Nets Picasso, Matisse". ABC News. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  9. ^ Vandoorne, Saskya; Smith-Spark, Laura; Ciobanu, Liliana (19 July 2013). "Stove ashes probed for traces of stolen Picasso, Matisse, Monet works". CNN. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Monet & Architecture". National Gallery, London. April 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  11. ^ Cumming, Laura (8 April 2018). "Monet & Architecture". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

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